Introduction to the Acropolis at the Acropolis Museum!

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Friday, August 31:  After wandering around Plaka, I venture into the new 130-million-euro Acropolis Museum, opened with much fanfare in 2009.   Passing outdoor cafes and a peanut vendor, I walk along the southern foothills of the Acropolis itself, to the entrance at Dionysiou Areopagitou Street.  Outside the door is something I will see numerous times in Greece: a glassed-over excavation, showcasing an archeological dig.  I pay the entrance fee of 5 euros, still feeling unsettled about my lost luggage.

The new museum is apparently ten times larger than the former on-site museum.  This huge modernist building collects the surviving treasures of the Acropolis, including items held at other museums or in storage, along with pieces returned from foreign museums — a total of over 4,000 artifacts.  The museum’s collections focus on the Acropolis of the 5th century BC, generally agreed to be the height of Greece’s artistic achievement.

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